Wait times for the Kia EV6 electric car will shrink next year as the number of vehicles allocated to Australia increases by 250 per cent, but that still won’t be enough to meet demand, the company says.
Up to 2,500 Kia EV6 electric cars are headed for local showrooms next year – nearly four times Australia’s allocation for this year – but the company says it still won’t be enough to meet customer demand.
But the number of Kia EV6 vehicles arriving in Australia in 2023 will multiply, to around 2,500 examples, three and a half times the 2022 allocation.
Despite the sharp increase, Kia Australia says it still expects to receive more orders from customers than it can deliver.
“In our business plan, we will be [selling] about 2,500 cars next year, from EV6s,” Kia Australia COO Damien Meredith said. Ride.
“We won’t be able to get enough, but we’ll probably get three to four times what we got this year. So that’s a lot of padding.”
“So we’re happy about that. Could we get more? Hopefully we can. Do we need more? Yeah, we do,” Meredith said.
A Kia Australia spokesperson said Ride the company “expects[s] wait times decrease” with the “substantial” increase in EV6 supply, however, he said “to what extent, we cannot confirm.”
Customers have been warned this year to expect waiting times of up to 12 months, according to Kia Australia; however, a spokesman said Ride A customer’s car could arrive in less time depending on shipping and production schedules, model grade, and color.
Meredith told Australian media in June 2022 that the company “could sell around 3,000 [EV6s] annually, based on current demand”, when the number of EV6s allocated to Australia was 600 by 2022.
The Kia EV6 range will be expanded early next year with the high-performance GT model, capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h like a supercar in 3.5 seconds, but with a price that is expected to be just shy of the $100,000 before road costs.
When asked if there is a definite split in the 2,500-car allocation between the current EV6 Air and GT-Line, and upcoming EV6 GT variants, Meredith said Ride: “No, there is no division of sets.
“We’ll try to meet the mix of orders with all three now, so fingers crossed that we do a reasonable job of that. I think with the top of the range, customers have been ordering for that.” [GT flagship] since we launched EV6″.
“What we’re trying to do is try, as we have since we launched the EV6, to fill the orders, but obviously, the demand is still much higher than the supply,” Meredith said.
When combined with Kia’s smaller Niro electric SUV, Australia’s significant increase in EV6 allocation could allow Kia to overtake sister brand Hyundai in the electric car sales race.
Hyundai has reported more than 2,000 EVs sold since the start of this year, compared to Kia’s estimated 750 EVs during the same period.
While Hyundai is also expected to increase supply of its twin to the Kia EV6, the retro-styled Ioniq 5, it will lose the Ioniq Electric hatchback from its showrooms from the end of this year, which accounted for around 30 per cent of sales. Hyundai. electrical sales.